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Friday, 22 July 2016

Barbie Dreamtopia on TV this weekend

This weekend see the brand new Barbie Dreamtopia movie special airing on Tiny Pop on Saturday the 23rd July at 4pm. If you miss that then you can catch up on Sunday the 24th of July at 9am! Join Barbie, her younger sister Chelsea and her pup Honey on a magical new adventure, telling the origins story of the land of Dreamtopia!

Have you ever imagined you could fly with Fairies whose wings sprinkle emeralds and diamonds as they flutter by? Or that you could ride the tallest Roller Coaster you’ve ever seen, up in the sky on a Rainbow?

Barbie Dreamtopia


Thursday, 21 July 2016

Fisher Price Code-a-Pillar Review

My children have been trying out the Fisher Price Code-a-Pillar and putting it through it's paces. The Code-a-Pillar is a new innovation in pre-school learning which teaches the foundational skills to coding. My children are five and seven years old and the Code-A-Pillar is aimed at three to six years old.

Fisher Price Code-a-Pillar


Could you be the Digital Kids Vlogger?

Does your child dream of being the next Joe Sugg, DanTDM, Zoella or Tanya Burr? That dream may yet become a reality, thanks to a very exciting competition created by the Digital Kids show to find the next big YouTuber. On the day, three finalists will battle it out to bring all the action from the Digital Kids Show, to fans across social media. 

The official vloggers will get to interview their favourite stars – from hugely popular YouTubers including AshDubh, Tomohawk, Nettyplays, Amy Lee, SmallishBeans, EthanGamerTV and LDShadowLady, to children’s TV favourites, Dick and Dom and Mr Bloom, and receive £100 gift voucher. They’ll also get to pick up some industry secrets on how to create an engaged YouTube channel with hints and tips from the YouTube stars.

Digital Kids Show Vlogger

Tuesday, 19 July 2016

Discovering Bingley and the Five Rise Locks #walkwithwynsors

It was a bit of a wet morning when my daughter and I set off to Bingley for a walk to the Five Rise Locks. We love getting out and about for walks in the countryside, but I hadn't realised just how easy it was to sample nature from the train station in Bingley! We had been invited by Wynsors World of Shoes, who have just released their brand new outdoor range.

Ready to walk!


Monday, 18 July 2016

Bunch O Balloons Review

Last year, in my infinite wisdom, I decided it would be fun to have a water balloon fight with the children. In theory it was a great idea. In practice, I lost the will to live after about half an hour of trying to fill balloons . In the end I gave up after having only managed fifteen. It was so frustrating. The kids didn't seem to mind, but we had certainly all lost a bit of enthusiasm by the time it came round to actually having a water fight! This year we have been sent Bunch O Balloons and I couldn't wait to find out how much time it would save me!


Friday, 15 July 2016

Your YouTube #78

Wow, what a week. Thank you to all of you who linked up, there were loads of you last week! Lisa and I both love watching your videos and it stuck me this time how diverse a group we are and how much our interests differ. It makes it really interesting to watch you all!

This week the video I have chosen comes from Sophie at Mumology whose video is about whether or not size matters. It's a fantastic video  which really made me question myself. Sometimes it's tough to see beyond what we look like, but Sophie suggests we have to learn to love who we are, rather than what we look like. It's a very positive message and one I hope more people will listen to!

I completed Couch to 5K for me and that has been fantastic. I haven't done it to lose weight, but I am really appreciating the new found strength I have and the stamina I now have. I'm now disappointed if I do 5k in more than 40 minutes whereas three months ago I would have laughed at you if you had even suggested I could run 5K! I have found a confidence in my body, knowing it can do more than I ever thought. I might not be the skinniest person, but I'm happy and I am proud of what my body can do!


Sunday, 10 July 2016

Getting our juice on with Panasonic! #PanasonicSlowJuicer

My husband doesn't really celebrate his birthday, but this year he had decided he was going to have a big party. We closed the B&B and invited a few families. Then my husband changed his mind. He's never been a big celebrator of birthdays, so I wasn't surprised! Last week, he changed his mind again, so I invited a few extra people over. It just so happened that this coincided with me being sent a Panasonic Slow Juicer and being asked to have a party at home! I really liked the idea of being able to make some cocktails, and once I realised I could also make frozen desserts, I was definitely sold to the idea of a juicer! It's called a slow juicer because instead of a fast spinning blade, this has a heavy stainless steel screw which rotates and presses the fruit and vegetables. You do need to chop up the fruit and vegetables before you feed them into the juicer, but there are plenty of things which don't need peeling and I didn't find that it took long to chop things at all!

Panasonic slow juicer

Thursday, 7 July 2016

NumNoms Review and Giveaway

If you read my last Num Noms Review, you'll know that my children were big fans. They are scented collectables which are very cute. You can use them to create recipes, smell and play with! When you first open them from the packet, they have a slightly chemical smell to them, but that soon fades to the correct num nom smell! They all smell like a different pudding or ice cream, which makes them extra nice to play with, as long as you don't get too hungry!


Wednesday, 6 July 2016

Tsum Tsums Squishies Review

It's not often that my children get into the latest crazes but the arrival of Disney Tsum Tsums Squishies has changed that! It's also pretty rare that I am almost as enthusiastic as the children about anything collectable, but these are really cute and I am nearly as eager as them to collect some more!

Tsum Tsum is pronounced ‘zoom zoom’ and translated from the Japanese meaning ‘stack stack’. They originated from a Japanese app, which received over ten million downloads in the first two months! There are fifty to collect in Series one, including eight Rare Characters and four Ultra Rare Characters.

Disney Tsum Tsums


Saturday, 2 July 2016

June Month in a Minute

Oh my goodness, June has been fun! It started with our half term holiday to the Lake District. We went glamping rather than camping for once and it was absolutely amazing! We had such a great time and if you pop over to my YouTube channel, you can see a vlog from the week. It was such a relaxing time. Since then the B&B has been busy every weekend, but it's nice to keep busy! I also completed the couch to 5k programme this month and am so proud that I stuck at it! I am still amazed that I can now run for 5k without stopping. I never thought I was built to run! If you want to have a peek at my couch to 5k beginner tips, check out my blog post. We also took part in a rainbow run with a rainbow shower at the end. It was so much fun! The Yorkshire Dales has also had amazing weather throughout most of June and we've been lapping that sun up! I digress, here is my month in a minute!

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